Dave Herasimtschuk, Freshwaters Illustrated
Ponds and wetlands are essential habitats for a variety of northwest plants and animals, including red-legged frogs, Northwest pond turtles, as well as birds and insects.  Marys River Watershed Council improves or restores pond and wetland habitats working with landowners and the US Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. Restoration activities include improving hydrologic connectivity, removing invasive plants, grading pond slopes to provide turtles ready access to nesting habitat, and providing basking habitats.